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Donald Trump just stooped lower than we ever thought possible

A tyrant. A despot. A man whose leadership of a fractured nation saw the plight and persecution of millions.

But enough of our predictions over what a Donald Trump presidency might entail, let’s focus on what he's offering right now. And, well, it doesn’t look good, with news that the Republican candidate just heaped praise on former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. 

Speaking to supporters at Raleigh, North Carolina, the bewigged one claimed Hussein wasn’t all that bad, going so far as praising the former Iraqi warmonger for killing terrorists, all but advocating a man accused of committing numerous other mass atrocities against his own people, including using chemical weapons on Kurds.

“They didn't read them the rights,” he said. “They didn't talk. They were terrorists. It was over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism.”

Aptly-timed on the eve of the UK’s release of the Chilcot report, the one-man verbiage machine’s comments were understandably met by anger from Presidential rival Hillary Clinton, drawing this statement from senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan:

"Tonight, Mr Trump yet again lauded Saddam Hussein as a great killer of terrorists, noting with approval that he never bothered to read anyone their rights. In reality, Hussein's regime was a sponsor of terrorism," Clinton senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement.

"Mr Trump's cavalier compliments for brutal dictators, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their history, again demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks."

Unsurprisingly, it's not the first time a controversial and notably dead ex-leader in the Middle East has been praised by Trump, who last year claimed they would be “100 per cent better off” if Libyan leader Moamer Gadhafi was still in power. 

‘Better the Devil you know’ seems to be the Trump logic, but then we wouldn’t be surprised if Trump counted the Devil as a close friend too.

[Via: Telegraph]